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Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research

The Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research (WCFTR) is one of the world’s major archives of research materials relating to the entertainment industry. It maintains over three hundred collections from outstanding playwrights, television and motion picture writers, producers, actors, designers, directors, and production companies. Materials preserved include historical records and personal papers; twenty thousand motion pictures, television shows, and videotapes; two million still photographs and promotional graphics; and several thousand sound recordings. It is richest in records of the American film industry between 1930 and 1960, American popular theater in the 1940s and 1950s, and American television from 1940 to 1970.

One of the most important gateways into understanding American culture is the original records of its creators, particularly in the field of drama and audiovisual media. Each year, hundreds of scholars, creative artists, and members of the public consult the WCFTR archives and produce important works that draw on the information and visual materials contained in its collections.

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by Harold Mayer Productions
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Source 16 mm Description Shows young people at work, on the street, voting, and in a variety of other situations. Stresses the importance of registering to vote and the significance of the youth vote in both local and national elections. Original rock score. Genre Public service announcement Collection Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
Topics: wisconsincenterforfilmandtheaterresearch, film, voting, public service announcement, young adults,...
Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
by O.W. Lamb
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Source 35 mm nitrate film Description A silent short, The Lumberjack was made locally in Wausau, Wisconsin and chronicles the courtship of a young couple from the city. The director of an itinerant film company, O.W. Lamb of the Paragon Feature Film Company of Omaha, Nebraska filmed this eighteen-minute, silent 35mm film in 1914. According to local newspapers and a 1982 documentary about the film, the entire cast was comprised of local citizens and features locations in and around Wausau. Genre...
Topics: wisconsincenterforfilmandtheaterresearch, Wisconsin, romance, film, silent film, lumber industry,...
Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
by Theta Delta Chi; Royce, Henry "Hank"; Tuttle, Fordyce "Clif"
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Source 35 mm nitrate film Description Campus Smiles uses a playful tone to document the faculty, student body, and life at UW-Madison during the early 1920s. This documentary short is a compelling chronicle of the local culture at one of the nation’s largest universities and offers a glimpse into the undergraduate sphere of the immediate post-WWI era. In it, humorous intertitles penned in early twentieth-century American slang introduce campus personalities and comment on social events. Genre...
Topics: wisconsincenterforfilmandtheaterresearch, film, silent film, Wisconsin, Madison, documentary,...
Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
by United Productions and sponsored by the Wisconsin State Journal
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Source 35 mm film Description  A circa 1933 Hal Roach pastiche that follows the very simple chase film format popularized decades before in early cinema. Madison children stage an attack on an “Eat-More Ice Cream” man, who turns the tables on his aggressors, chasing the kids through the historic streets of Mansion Hill and then past a string of local businesses (Wadham's Greasing Pagoda, the Olympic Restaurant, the Capital Arcade, Sweet's Food Shop, Madison Cafeteria, Hult-Capitol Garage,...
Topics: wisconsincenterforfilmandtheaterresearch, film, silent film, Wisconsin, Madison, local business,...
Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
by William Steuber
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Source 16 mm film Description   An experimental film from around 1939 about a boy owning a bicycle and learning the proper safety rules on the road. Genre Public service announcement Collection Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research Collection  
Topics: Wisconsin, film, silent film, public service announcement, bike safety, Madison, safety, bikes
Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
by Willard Pratt, Theron Moser
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Source: digitized from VHS transfer Call number: VHB 980 Description Amateur film documenting the 1940 state corn husking contest at the Oscar W. Gutknecht farm in Richland Center, Wisconsin. Includes scenes of the contest; shots of the cars arriving and parked on the surrounding fields; bands; children's carnival rides; and crowd scenes. Segments of each contestant husking include shots of his "bangboard" which gives his name, country, and number of pounds he husked Genre:...
Topics: corn husking, Wisconsin, home movie, amateur, Richland Center,...
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Source 35 mm nitrate film Description Home movie footage from about 1937-1938 including scenes of couples traveling on the "Cast Daylight" train of the Southern Pacific Railroad with footage of scenery, including the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge. Also included are a group of men visiting Treasure Island, the site of the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition. The reel concludes with footage of Madison, Wisconsin from 1943. Included are scenes of people on State Street, of the...
Topics: wisconsincenterforfilmandtheaterresearch, film, silent film, California, San Francisco, Wisconsin,...
Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
by unknown
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Source 8 mm Description Home movie of one of TV's earliest primetime game shows, Johnny Olson's Fun for the Money , shot by an audience member. Genre Home movie Collection Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
Topics: wisconsincenterforfilmandtheaterresearch, home movie, game show, Fun for the Money, Johnny Olson
Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
by Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne
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Source 16 mm Description Filmed between 1928 and 1930, this home movie from the collection of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontane features shots of their home, Ten Chimneys, located in Genesee Depot, Wisconsin. The movie includes shots of guests; a 1930 Carroll College graduation when Alfred received an honorary degree; Peegie and Susie in newspaper dresses wandering on estate grounds, and Alfred and Lynn enjoying the outdoors accompanied by a dog. Genre Home movie Collection Wisconsin Center for Film...
Topics: wisconsincenterforfilmandtheaterresearch, home movie, Wisconsin, Ten Chimneys, Genesee Depot,...
Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
by Clarke, Shirley
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Source 1/2 inch videotape Description   Notes from video box: June 1971. Vertical -2-. !. Lazer burn alone on tube (hold). 2. Joan ... (hold) Lionel Rogosin. 4. Horizontal no lazer. Andy Mann visits on his birthday (hold). Genre Experimental Collection Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research Collection  
Topics: wisconsincenterforfilmandtheaterresearch, shirley clarke, video, shirley, experimental
Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
by Lewis B. Sebring Jr., Alice P. Sebring
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Source: 16mm Kodachrome original Call number : FH 367-368 Description: Amateur travelogue of an extensive trip to Australia photographed and produced by "The Traveling Sebrings," Lewis B. Sebring, Jr. and Alice P. Sebring. Lewis B. Sebring, Jr. was a journalist and war correspondent for the New York Herald-Tribune, who reported on combat in the Southwest Pacific Area theater during World War II. The trip documented in this film, which they referred to also as "An Odyssey to...
Topics: travelogue, home movie, amateur, Australia, wisconsincenterforfilmandtheaterresearch
Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
by Marc Blitzstein
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Marc Blitzstein plays the piano and sings the song "Nickel Under the Foot" from his 1937 opera Cradle Will Rock .
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Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
by Mayer, Harold; Lampell, Millard
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Source 16mm acetate film Call Number : CD 097-098 Description Documentary describing the history of the labor and civil rights movements in the first half of the twentieth century. The film uses a mixture of photographs, film excerpts, documentary footage, narration, voice acting, and folk music to capture the essence of labor and civil rights struggles. Topics addressed include: immigration from Europe, working conditions for children, labor strikes in the 1910s, World War I, the rise of the...
Topics: wisconsincenterforfilmandtheaterresearch, film, labor unions, civil rights, documentary, sponsored...